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Xenophon threat could backfire in Waite: MHS

Controversial independent Martin Hamilton-Smith says a vote for Nick Xenophon’s fledgling SA Best party is a vote for a Liberal Government, after the influential senator vowed to run candidates against MPs who voted down a bill to allow for public ICAC hearings into the Oakden scandal.

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Former Premier John Olsen (right) will return to the political scene in a new role as party president to help Steven Marshall (left, with moderate powerbroker Christopher Pyne) fight the state election. Photo: James Elsby / AAP

John Olsen's political comeback

EXCLUSIVE | Former Premier and long-time Liberal leader John Olsen is poised to make a surprise return to the political fray, with insiders declaring him the "consensus" candidate to replace party president Steve Murray, who quit yesterday.